The Happiness of the Katakuris

Critics Consensus

If nothing else, Happiness of the Katakuris scores points for its delirious, over-the-top originality.



Total Count: 28


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Movie Info

One of an amazing seven features directed in 2001 by Japan's prolific shock auteur Takashi Miike, The Happiness of the Katakuris is a gleefully morbid musical comedy about a family of oddballs who open an inn in the mountains. Unfortunately, through no fault of their own, none of their guests leave their rooms alive. In order to protect their business, the family resorts to burying the corpses in the backyard, but this only leads to a zombie problem. Meanwhile, the daughter falls in love with Richard, a mysterious British navy officer, who looks suspiciously Japanese but claims to be the nephew of Queen Elizabeth herself. Just when Richard bungles onto a clue that might lead him to uncover the string of disappearing guests, a nearby volcano begins rumbling to life. Propelled by musical numbers rife with movie and pop culture references, The Happiness of the Katakuris is a departure from Miike's famously gruesome thrillers. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi

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Kenji Sawada
as Masao Katakuri
Keiko Matsuzaka
as Terue Katakuri
Shinji Takeda
as Masyuki Katakuri
Naomi Nishida
as Shizue Katakuri
Tamaki Miyazaki
as Yurie Katakuri
Tetsuro Tanba
as Nihei Katakuri Masao's Father
Kiyoshiro Imawano
as Richard Sagawa
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Critic Reviews for The Happiness of the Katakuris

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (10)

  • It's weirdly -- and often wonderfully -- entertaining.

    Jan 17, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
  • By the second hour, Miike's story fails to punctuate its powerful setup, and the work, much like the family itself, ends up a tangled mess.

    Dec 5, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There are so many moments in Happiness of the Katakuris that beg us to walk out on the movie, it's hard to pick just one.

    Nov 27, 2002 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A kind of strange, existentialist comedy.

    Oct 25, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An amusing scenario, until even Miike seems to lose his taste for the oddly sweet concoction and allows the film to drift aimlessly to a rainbow-hued finale.

    Oct 25, 2002 | Full Review…
  • It's a ball when it works, which is why fans of Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, Francois Ozon's 8 Women, and other darkly inspired, genre-bending musical fusions must introduce themselves to the Katakuris.

    Oct 25, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Happiness of the Katakuris

  • Jan 05, 2012
    This is how you mix horror, comedy and musical into 2 hours of entertainment. This is how you do it. Miike, you're a fucking genius.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2011
    At times halarious, but always creative.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2010
    Way too much random nonsense and not enough substance.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2009
    The beginning made no sense what so ever, the story was being told through the daughter, but loses that perspective the rest of the film. The songs were okay, but I felt that the pacing was off. Points for uniqueness only go so far.
    Marion R Super Reviewer

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